07Dec/17
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Aviation Club of the UK ‘Next Generation’ Survey

The Aviation Club of the UK was founded in February 1990 to create a networking forum for members and a vehicle for promoting and developing all aspects of civil aviation.  The Club has more than 500 professional members from a broad cross-section of the civil aviation community, such as airlines, airports, finance houses, manufacturers, regulators, and the media.

Membership of the Club is open to individuals with a business interest in the civil aviation industry and you can find out more about the club, as well as the benefits gained from being a member, at www.aviationclub.org.uk.  One of their future visions is to create a dynamic networking forum to help younger members who are focused on a career in aviation and through your feedback they will work to achieve this goal.

The Aviation Club UK are keen to understand the current awareness and interest in the Club, particularly from those in the industry aged 20 – 35.  They would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the attached brief survey.  Please feel free to pass on to colleagues as they would like as many opinions as possible.

Please find attached the link to the survey that is aimed at young people aged between 19 and 35.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AviationClubUK

07Dec/17

Unlicensed & Uncertificated Sites

Unlicensed Sites listed in the UK AIP

The Civil Aviation Authority and NATS are conducting a survey to validate the list of various unlicensed airfields and aerial sporting activity locations published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and depicted on CAA VFR charts. The reason for this survey is to establish whether existing published sites in the AIP are still current, operating, accurately reflected in AIS products, and to identify a principal point of contact for each site.

Upon closure of this survey on 28/02/2018, the CAA will establish definitive criteria for what constitutes a ‘significant’ activity at unlicensed sites, and subsequently arrange for the revision of all future AIS products based on that criteria from March 2018 onwards.

All site owners or landowners where established aircraft and/or aerial sporting activities at unlicensed sites are requested to take part in this survey by completing the Unlicensed & Uncertificated Sites Form

Unlicensed sites which fail to complete this survey by 28/02/2018 may result in a location that is currently published in the AIP, and depicted on CAA VFR charts, being removed from the NATS AIS database and all future AIS products, including CAA VFR charts. The CAA therefore requests that all users of unlicensed sites ensure that the site owner or land owner is aware of this survey.

05Dec/17
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Reopening Panshanger Aerodrome for the community

Click here to sign the petition.

Panshanger Aerodrome on the outskirts of Welwyn Garden City was one of the most successful GA airfields in the UK and has been closed for three years.  In October 2016, Welwyn Hatfield Council made a historic u-turn decision to amend their Draft Local Plan to include provision of an airfield at Panshanger with the following commitments:

“In addition, the Masterplan will allow the opportunity for a realigned grass runway on land to the north of the Green Belt boundary.”

“…, development at the site will be configured in such a way that the opportunity remains for the relocation of the grass runway to be provided on Green Belt land to the north of SDS1 [Panshanger development site]”

This pledge is under serious threat of being swept under the carpet in the interest of planners’ convenience.

The Green Belt area as it stands is of insufficient width at the centre of the site to support a runway compliant with CAA regulations.

We are a team of local experts with a vision to recreate Panshanger Aerodrome as a source of delight and pleasure for both local residents and the aviation community.  Our mission is to ensure that the council fulfil their promise not only to the people of Welwyn & Hatfield but the general aviation community nationally.

Working closely with the University of Hertfordshire, we plan to support education, training and employment locally.  Please sign our petition to ensure that the council keep their promise in providing the people with what they want – Panshanger Aerodrome back operational as a real community asset that everyone can be proud of.

Project Phoenix is an awareness campaign launched to demonstrate the support for the airfield both in the local community and elsewhere, to prevent the council from reneging on their commitment to providing for the continuation of an airfield by council inaction and inertia!

With broad public support, we will prevent this from becoming an opportunity lost to council inertia!

Panshanger will rise from the ashes, but in order to make this happen, we need YOUR support!

Click here to sign the petition.

25Oct/17

UK Airfield Update

The following was last updated on 20 October 2017. By John Walker.

Andrewsfield    

Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils are co-operating in developing a Local Plan for north-east Essex with an area including Andrewsfield airfield, earmarked for a garden city with ultimately 10,000 homes. The definitive Local Plan was submitted for Public Examination on 9 October 2017.

Blackpool

Balfour-Beatty has sold its 95% interest in the airport and associated land to Blackpool Council (which held the remaining 5% interest) for £4.25 million. The Council intends to fund the purchase through the sale of some airport land for industrial purposes, and a full business case exploring the potential future for the airport is being developed in accordance with a strategic master plan for both the adjoining Enterprise Zone and airport.

Bourn

Site earmarked for 3,200 homes in current draft Local Plan by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The draft Plan was the subject of Public Examination by a Planning Inspector with specific hearings on the proposals for Bourn airfield held on 4 April 2017.

Chalgrove

The airfield, occupied and operated by Martin-Baker Aircraft (MBA), has been transferred from the MoD to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Site included in South Oxfordshire District definitive Local Plan public consultation document for a 3,000 home development with a new runway for MBA operations.

Deenethorpe    

Site accepted under the Government’s Garden Village scheme for development with around 1,250 homes. The development is supported by the Brudenell Estate, the site owner. Full public consultation is expected in November / December 2017 on a proposed site master plan in support of a planning application expected to be made in early 2018.

Dunsfold  

A planning application for mixed use development with 1,800 homes on the site was approved by Waverley Borough Council on 14 December 2016. However, local Parish Council representations caused the application to be called in for a Public Inquiry, which ended on 3 August 2017.

Elvington

The York City Council definitive Local Plan consultation document was issued on 18 September 2017 and includes a development of up to 3,330 dwellings, partly occupying the middle section of the Elvington airfield runway. The consultation is due to end on 30 October 2017.

Fairoaks   

Surrey Heath Council made a confidential, unsuccessful bid to establish a Garden Village with 1,500 homes on the site under the Government’s scheme. Tenants were advised later of this proposal and public consultations started in February 2017, with submission of planning application due in late 2017.

Halfpenny Green (Wolverhampton Business Airport) 

The aerodrome was sold to MCR Property Group, an investment and development company focused on commercial and residential real estate. The Group expects to complete an initial study by Autumn 2017 into the future airport but this reportedly excludes housing on the site.

Hullavington

The former RAF Hullavington airfield site has been sold to Dyson Ltd, which has submitted a planning application to renovate two existing Type D hangars as a prelude to producing a site master plan.

Kemble    

A Commercial Estates Group (CEG) has proposed building a 2,000 home sustainable village on this ‘brownfield’ site, as an alternative to the draft Cotswold District Local Plan proposal for a greenfield site near Cirencester. The definitive Local Plan was submitted for Public Examination in June 2017, with public hearings starting on 10 October 2017.

Long Marston   

Airfield is designated in Stratford-on-Avon emerging Local Plan for housing and has Garden Village approval. A Supplementary Planning Document for the site was issued on 19 October 2017 for public consultation. Developer is Cala Homes in conjunction with site owner. Airfield tenants given Notices to Quit by the end of 2017. Refer to entry for Wellesbourne below.

Manston

River Oak has given notice that it intends to apply for a Development Consent Order for the aerodrome as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. Meanwhile the site owners have submitted a planning application to Thanet District Council for a mixed use development, with a smaller airstrip being kept to allow occasional landings by Spitfire aircraft in conjunction with existing local museums. However, a recent Planning Inquiry dismissed appeals concerning planning applications for change of use of existing airport buildings (the applications have effectively been refused). A Council-commissioned study into the future of the site as a commercial airport in support of its Local Plan submission for mixed use development concluded that such operations were not viable.

MoD Sites

The MOD document A Better Defence Estate that was issued on 7 November 2016 lists the following aerodrome sites for disposal in the years indicated:

Abingdon 2029; Alconbury 2023; Arbroath, RMB Condor airfield 2020; Brawdy, Cawdor Barracks 2024; RMB Chivenor 2027; Colerne 2018; Dishforth airfield 2031; RAF Halton airfield 2022; RAF Henlow 2020 – site earmarked for mixed use development in Central Bedfordshire Council draft Local Plan; Mildenhall 2022; Molesworth 2023; North Luffenham 2021 – Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Rutland County Council discussing Garden Village proposal for this site; Woodbridge, Rock Barracks 2027.

The former RAF Wethersfield airfield site is being transferred to the HCA in 2020.

RAF Wyton airfield is being sold off – DIO and local property developer Crest Nicholson have proposed up to 4,500 homes on the site. However, due to road infrastructure issues the site has been deleted from Huntingdonshire District Council’s definitive 2036 Local Plan for mixed use development including housing.

North Denes   

The airfield (also known as Yarmouth Heliport) has two grass runways, but has been put up for sale having been disused since 2015 (on the cessation of North Sea helicopter operations).

Nottingham City (Tollerton)    

With the support of the land owner, the site has been earmarked for up to 4,000 homes in a Local Plan Core Strategy adopted by Rushcliffe Borough Council after approval from the Planning Inspector. A public consultation is on-going into Local Plan preferred sites (other than Core Strategy sites).

Old Sarum         

The site owner’s proposal for a housing development and 10 additional hangars, among other work, was objected to by various parties as being detrimental to the site’s heritage while also potentially limiting use of the airfield. After prolonged discussion with Wiltshire Council, the proposal has been amended to delete the on-airfield accommodation and the Council decision is still pending.

Panshanger  

Site originally earmarked for housing by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, but the definitive Local Plan reduces the housing element and allows an opportunity for a realigned grass runway on land to the north of the previous runway, 11/29. The definitive Local Plan is subject to public examination, which started on 21 September 2017. Two separate parties are seeking to re-open the aerodrome and local press report that a planning application to restore the aerodrome is expected shortly.

Peterborough / Sibson

An expression of Interest the build a 2,500 home Garden Village on the site was submitted to HCA by Huntingdonshire District Council, in conjunction with Larkfleet Homes and the landowner. The bid was unsuccessful, resulting in the Council withdrawing its support for the plan. However, the UK Government may call for further Expressions of Interest in Garden Villages in 2017.

Plymouth 

FlyPlymouth, a local social enterprise aerodrome support group, plans to reopen the airfield and start regional airliner services. Sutton Harbour Holdings, the site leaseholder, has proposed a mixed-use development of the site, although the definitive Local Plan retains the site for aviation. The definitive Plymouth City / South West Devon Joint Local Plan was submitted on 31 July 2017 for public examination.

Redhill

The land owners and Thakeham Homes, a local housing developer, have proposed a 9,600 home garden village on the site (and on land beyond the boundary). Tandridge District Council’s public consultation on four potential Garden Village sites, including Redhill Aerodrome, ended on 9 October 2017. The Draft Local Plan currently earmarks the aerodrome for employment purposes and notes that it is in the Green Belt, with a high risk of surface water flooding.

Wellesbourne Mountford  

Gladman Developments, in conjunction with the land owner, proposed a housing development with 1,600 homes on the site, although the Stratford-on-Avon Local Plan Core Strategy earmarks Long Marston airfield as its preferred housing development site. The Core Strategy, after approval by a planning inspector, has been adopted by the Council and states that “The aviation related functions at Wellesbourne Airfield will have been retained and enhanced.” Tenants had previously been notified by the owner that flying activities would cease in December 2016, but the airfield remains open pending the result of Court action by the tenants to obtain new leases. The District Council has formally rescinded the owner’s permitted development rights for the airfield and is seeking to negotiate a possible purchase of the site.

Wycombe Air Park    

Site lease holder (Helicopter Aircraft Holdings Ltd) has agreed new leases with the land owner, Wycombe District Council (WDC). The Draft Local Plan provides for an industrial / warehousing complex on the south-eastern part of the site, which would result in the loss of a runway and relocation of gliding activities. WDC expect to submit its final draft plan for public consultation in October / November 2017.

 

 

05Sep/17

Airfields Update Q3 2017

Q3 2017 AIRFIELDS UPDATE

4 September 2017

By John Walker (GAAC and AOPA Board Member)

Andrewsfield    

Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils are co-operating in developing a Local Plan for north-east Essex and have identified Andrewsfield airfield as one of three sites for potential housing in a new Garden City with 10,000 homes. Public consultation on a definitive Local Plan ended on 28 July 2017, and comments are currently being processed.

Blackpool  

Balfour-Beatty has sold its 95 percent interest in the airport operating company to Regional & City Airports. Enterprise Zone status has been granted for the land on the north side of the airport, an area which encompasses the domestic facilities of the old airport. Recent statements from the Zone proprietors indicate that they are relying on the airport to attract businesses. The emerging Local Plan for the area retains the airport’s existing aviation facilities.

Bourn

Site earmarked for 3,200 homes in current draft Local Plan by South Cambridgeshire District Council. The draft Plan was the subject of examination by a Planning Inspector with specific hearings on the proposals for Bourn airfield held on 4 April 2017.

Chalgrove    

Airfield occupied and operated by Martin-Baker Aircraft has been transferred from the MoD to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).  The site is included in the South Oxfordshire District draft Local Plan having been part of the second Preferred Site Options consultation document, for a 3,000 home development. Public consultation on a definitive Local Plan is expected to start in October 2017.

Deenethorpe    

The site has been accepted under the Government’s Garden Village scheme for development with around 1,250 homes, with the proposed development being supported by the Brudenell Estate, the site owner.  A full public consultation is expected in Summer 2017 leading to a site master plan in support of a planning application later in 2017.

Dunsfold

A planning application for a mixed-use development with 1,800 homes on the site was approved by Waverley Borough Council on 14 December 2016. Local Parish Council representations caused the application to be called in for a Public Inquiry, which ended on 3 August 2017.

Elvington    

The York City Council Local Plan Preferred Sites Consultation document issued in July 2016 includes a development of up to 3,330 dwellings, partly occupying the middle section of the Elvington airfield runway.  Development of the Local Plan delayed while the Council consider the planning implications of the closure of MoD barracks within the Council area after which further site consultation planned to start in September 2017.

Fairoaks    

Surrey Heath Council made a confidential, unsuccessful bid to establish a Garden Village with 1,500 homes on the site under the Government scheme.  Tenants were advised later of the proposal and public consultations started in February 2017, with submission of a planning application due in late 2017.

Halfpenny Green (Wolverhampton Business Airport)  

The aerodrome was sold to MCR Property Group an investment and development company focused on commercial and residential real estate.  The Group expect to complete an initial study by Autumn 2017 of future airport income and investment that reportedly excludes housing on the site.

Hullavington

The former RAF Hullavington airfield site has been sold to Dyson Ltd who have submitted a planning application to renovate two existing Type D hangars as a prelude to producing a site master plan.

Kemble  

Commercial Estates Group (CEG) proposal to build a 2,000 home sustainable village on this ‘brownfield’ site as an alternative to the draft Cotswold District Local Plan proposal for a greenfield site near Cirencester.  Public consultation on the draft Local Plan has been completed and definitive Plan was submitted to a Planning Inspector in June 2017.

Long Marston

Airfield is in Stratford-on-Avon adopted planning Core Strategy for housing with up to 2,100 homes by 2031 and has Garden Village approval.  Developer is Cala Homes in conjunction with site owner.  Refer to entry for Wellesbourne below.

Manston

River Oak has given notice of intent to apply for a Development Consent Order for the aerodrome as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project.  The site owners have submitted a planning application to Thanet District Council for a mixed use development with an airstrip allowing occasional landings by Spitfire aircraft in conjunction with existing museums. A recent Planning Inquiry dismissed appeals concerning different planning applications for change of use of existing airport buildings which applications have been effectively refused. A Council commissioned study into the future of the site as a commercial airport in support of their Local Plan submission for mixed use development concluded that such operations were not viable.

MoD Sites

The MOD document A Better Defence Estate, issued on 7 November 2016, lists the following aerodrome sites for disposal in the years indicated:

Abingdon 2029;  Alconbury 2023;  Arbroath,  RMB Condor airfield 2020;  Brawdy, Cawdor Barracks 2024;  RMB Chivenor 2027;  Colerne 2018;  Dishforth airfield 2031;  RAF Halton airfield 2022;  RAF Henlow 2020 – site earmarked for mixed use development in Central Bedfordshire Council draft Local Plan;  Mildenhall 2022;  Molesworth 2023;  North Luffenham  2021;  Woodbridge, Rock Barracks 2027.

The former RAF Wethersfield airfield site is being transferred to the HCA in 2020.
RAF Wyton airfield is being sold off – the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and local property developer Crest Nicholson proposal for up to 4,500 homes on site.  Due to road infrastructure issues, the site has been deleted from Huntingdonshire District Council’s definitive 2036 Local Plan for mixed use development, including housing.

North Denes   

The airfield (also known as Yarmouth Heliport), with two grass runways, has been put up for sale having been disused since 2015 on the cessation of North Sea helicopter operations.

Nottingham City (Tollerton)  

With the support of the landowner, the site has been earmarked for up to 4,000 homes in the Local Plan Core Strategy adopted by Rushcliffe Borough Council after approval from Planning Inspector.  A public consultation on a final draft Local Plan is expected later this year.

Old Sarum

The site owner’s proposal for a housing development and 10 additional hangars, among other work, was objected to by various parties who say it would be detrimental to the site’s heritage, and potentially limit use of the airfield. After prolonged discussion with Wiltshire Council, the proposal has been amended to delete the on-airfield accommodation and the Council is waiting for a viability study on the amended proposal before deciding the application.

Panshanger

The site was originally earmarked for housing by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council but the final draft Local Plan reduces the housing element and allows for the opportunity to establish a realigned grass runway on land to north of the previous runway, 11/29. The final draft Local Plan submitted to the Planning Inspector for Public Examination commencing on 21 September 2017. Local press report that a planning application to restore the aerodrome is expected shortly.

Peterborough / Sibson

An Expression of Interest was submitted to HCA by Huntingdonshire District Council, in conjunction with Larkfleet Homes and the landowner, for a 2,500 home Garden Village on the site.  The bid was unsuccessful, resulting in the Council withdrawing its support for the plan. However, the Government may call for further Expressions of Interest for Garden Villages in 2017.

Plymouth

FlyPlymouth, a local social enterprise aerodrome support group, plans to reopen the airfield and start regional airliner services. Sutton Harbour Holdings, the site lease holder, has proposed a mixed-use development of the site although the draft Local Plan retains the site for aviation. The final draft Plymouth City / South West Devon Joint Local Plan was submitted on 31 July 2017 to a Planning Inspector for public examination.

Redhill

Land owner and Thakeham Homes, a local housing developer, has proposed a 4,500 home garden village on the site. Tandridge District Council is holding a public consultation on four potential garden village sites, which is due to end on 9 October 2017. The Draft Local Plan earmarks Redhill for employment purposes and notes that it is in the Green Belt, with a high risk of surface water flooding.

Wellesbourne Mountford

Gladman Developments, in conjunction with the owner, have proposed a housing development with 1,600 homes on the site although the Stratford-on-Avon Local Plan Core Strategy has earmarked Long Marston airfield as its preferred housing development site. The Core Strategy (after approval by a Planning Inspector) has been adopted by the Council and states, “The aviation related functions at Wellesbourne Airfield will have been retained and enhanced.”  Tenants were notified last year by the owner that flying activities would cease in December 2016, but the airfield remains open pending the result of court action by the tenants to obtain new leases. The District Council has formally rescinded the owner’s permitted development rights for the airfield and is seeking to negotiate a possible purchase of the site.

Wycombe Air Park

The site lease holder (Helicopter Aircraft Holdings Ltd) has agreed new leases with the land owner, Wycombe District Council (WDC). The Draft Local Plan provides for an industrial / warehousing complex on the south-eastern part of the site, which will result in the loss of a runway and relocation of gliding activities. WDC expects to submit its final draft plan for public consultation in October / November 2017.

17Jun/17

Update on UK Airfields

AERODROMES UPDATE

By John Walker, GAAC and AOPA UK Board Member.
(Updated 15 June 2017)

Andrewsfield  

Braintree, Colchester and Tendring Councils are co-operating in developing a Local Plan for north-east Essex and have identified Andrewsfield airfield as one of three sites for potential housing in a new garden city with 10,000 homes. Public consultation on proposals completed in August 2016 with definitive Local Plan to be issued for final consultation on 16 June 2017.

Blackpool  

Balfour-Beatty has sold their 95% interest in the airport operating company to Regional & City Airports.  Enterprise Zone status granted for the land on the north side of the airport which area encompasses the domestic facilities of the old airport.  Recent statements from the Zone proprietors indicate that they are relying on the airport to attract businesses.  The emerging Local Plan for the area retains the airport’s existing aviation facilities.

Bourn  

Site earmarked for 3,200 homes in current draft Local Plan by South Cambridgeshire District Council.  The draft Plan is the subject of examination by a Planning Inspector with specific hearings on the proposals for Bourn airfield held on 4 April 2017.

Chalgrove

Airfield occupied and operated by Martin-Baker Aircraft has been transferred from the MoD to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).  Site is included in South Oxfordshire District draft Local Plan second Preferred Site Options consultation document for a 3,000 home development.

Deenethorpe

Site accepted under the Government’s Garden Village scheme for development with around 1,250 homes which development is supported by the Brudenell Estate, the site owner.    Full public consultation expected in Summer 2017 leading to a site masterplan in support of a planning application later in 2017.

Dunsfold  

Planning application for mixed use development with 1,800 homes on site approved by Waverley Borough Council on 14 December 2016.  Local Parish Council representations have  caused the application to be called in for a Public Inquiry starting on 18 July 2017.

Elvington  

York City Council Local Plan Preferred Sites Consultation document issued in July 2016 includes a development of up to 3,330 dwellings partly occupying the middle section of the Elvington airfield runway.  Consultation period ended in September and draft Local Plan was due to be released in December 2016 for further consultation but has been delayed whilst the Council consider the planning implications of the recently announced closure of MoD barracks within the Council area.

Fairoaks 

Surrey Heath Council made a confidential, unsuccessful bid to establish a Garden Village with 1,500 homes on site under Government scheme. Tenants advised later of proposal and public consultations started in February 2017 with submission of planning application due in late 2017.

Halfpenny Green (Wolverhampton Business Airport)

Aerodrome sold to MCR Property Group an investment and development company focused on commercial and residential real estate resulting in much speculation about the future of the site. MCR is in the early stages of planning for the future of the airport.

Hullavington

The former RAF Hullavington airfield site has been sold to Dyson Ltd who have submitted a planning application to renovate two existing Type D hangars as a prelude to producing a site masterplan.

Kemble

Commercial Estates Group (CEG) proposal to build a 2,000 home sustainable village on this ‘brownfield’ site as an alternative to the draft Cotswold District Local Plan proposal for a greenfield site near Cirencester.  Public consultation on the draft Local Plan has been completed and definitive Plan was due to be submitted to Planning Inspector in Autumn 2016 but has been delayed to allow further consultation on proposed, unrelated changes to the draft Plan.

Long Marston

Planning permission for 400 homes on site granted in November 2015.  Airfield is in Stratford-on-Avon adopted planning Core Strategy for housing with up to 2,100 homes by 2031 and has Garden Village approval.  Developer is Cala Homes in conjunction with site owner. Refer to entry for Wellesbourne below.

Manston

River Oak has given notice of intent to apply for a Development Consent Order for the aerodrome as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. The site owners have submitted a planning application to Thanet District Council for a mixed use development with provision for an airstrip allowing occasional landings by Spitfire aircraft in conjunction with existing museums.  The result of a full Planning Inquiry into a different application by another party for change of use of existing airport buildings is awaited.  The Council commissioned a study into the future of the site as an airport for commercial operations in support of their Local Plan submission for mixed use development and this study concluded that such operations were not viable.

MoD Sites

MOD document A Better Defence Estate issued on 7 November 2016 lists the following aerodrome sites for disposal in the years indicated: Abingdon 2029;  Alconbury 2023;  Arbroath,  RMB Condor airfield 2020;  Brawdy, Cawdor Barracks 2024; RMB Chivenor 2027;  Colerne 2018;  Dishforth airfield 2031;  RAF Halton airfield 2022;  RAF Henlow 2020;  Mildenhall 2022;  Molesworth 2023;  North Luffenham  2021;  Woodbridge, Rock Barracks  2027.

Former RAF Wethersfield airfield is being transferred to the HCA in 2020.

In addition to the above, RAF Wyton airfield is being sold off – the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and local property developer Crest Nicholson proposal for up to 4,500 homes on site. Site earmarked in draft Huntingdonshire District Council Local Plan for mixed use development including housing but road infrastructure issues expected to result in scheme being deferred beyond Local Plan period.

North Denes    

The airfield (also known as Yarmouth Heliport) with two grass runways has been put up for sale having been disused since 2015 on the cessation of North Sea helicopter operations.

Nottingham City (Tollerton)

With the support of the land owner, site earmarked for up to 4,000 homes in Local Plan Core Strategy adopted by Rushcliffe Borough Council after approval from Planning Inspector.

Old Sarum

Site owner’s proposal for housing development and 10 additional hangars amongst other work, objected to by various parties as detrimental to the sites heritage and potentially limiting use of the airfield.  After prolonged discussion with Wiltshire Council, the proposal has been amended to delete the on-airfield accommodation and the Council are waiting for a viability study on the amended proposal before deciding the application.

Panshanger 

Site originally earmarked for housing by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council but final draft Local Plan reduces housing element and allows the opportunity for a realigned grass runway on land to north of previous runway 11/29.   Final draft Local Plan submitted to Planning Inspector for Public Examination.

Peterborough / Sibson

Expression of Interest submitted to HCA by Huntingdonshire District Council in conjunction with Larkfleet Homes and landowner for a 2,500 home Garden Village on site.  Bid was unsuccessful resulting in the Council withdrawing their support for it.  However, Central Government may call for further Expressions of Interest for Garden Villages in 2017.

Plymouth  

FlyPlymouth, a local social enterprise aerodrome support group, plans to reopen the airfield and start regional airliner services.  Sutton Harbour Holdings, the site lease holder, have proposed a mixed use development of the site although the draft Local Plan retains the site for aviation.  The final draft Plymouth City / South West Devon Joint Local Plan will be submitted in Summer 2017 to a Planning Inspector for Public Examination.

Redhill 

Site land owner and Thakeham Homes, a local housing developer are discussing with local planning authorities (Tandridge and Reigate and Banstead Councils) a proposal for a 4,500 home garden community on the site.  Tandridge draft Local Plan earmarks site for employment purposes and notes that it is in the Green Belt with a high risk of surface water flooding.

Wellesbourne Mountford 

Gladman Developments in conjunction with the owner have proposed a housing development with 1,600 homes on the site although the Stratford-on-Avon Local Plan Core Strategy has earmarked Long Marston airfield as a preferred housing development site. The Core Strategy after approval by a Planning Inspector has been adopted by the Council and states that “The aviation related functions at Wellesbourne Airfield will have been retained and enhanced”.  Tenants previously notified by owner that flying activities will cease in December 2016 but the airfield will now remain open pending the result of court action by the tenants to obtain new leases.  The District Council has formally rescinded the owners permitted development rights for the airfield and is seeking to negotiate a possible purchase of the site.

Wycombe Air Park 

Site lease holder (Helicopter Aircraft Holdings Ltd) has agreed new leases with the land owner, Wycombe District Council.  Draft Local Plan provides for an industrial / warehousing complex on south-eastern part of the site resulting in loss of a runway and relocation of gliding activities.   The District Council expect to submit final draft plan for public consultation in Summer 2017.

13Apr/17
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Charity Cycle ride by board member Andy Symons

GAAC Board Member Andy Symons of the British Model Flying Association is taking part in a charity cycle ride around Loch Ness on Sunday 23rd April as part of his personal Fat to Fit program, last year Andy raised £600 for Help for Heroes by undertaking a “Million Step challenge”. This year Andy is raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and will be undertaking a series of cycling challenges. If you would like to support Andy in his challenges donations can be made on his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Symons#

All donations will be very gratefully received and put to a very worthwhile use by this wonderful charity as well as keep Andy motivated especially when he reaches 34 miles (55km) into the route as he leaves Fort Augustus where there is a 4.8 mile (9km) climb gaining 380m in height and at times with a gradient reaching 12%.

Andy will be one of 5200 cyclists taking part in The Etape Loch Ness which follows a 66-mile / 106-km route, starting by the riverside at Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ and finishing by Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness IV3 5SA.  Leaving Inverness, the route follows the A82 west to Fort Augustus, passing through the villages of Drumnadrochit and Invermoriston, arriving in Fort Augustus where it crosses the historic Caledonian Canal. The route then starts its return journey to Inverness via South Loch Ness on the B862/B852.